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Naval Uniforms - Nuclear Sub Uss Thresher Crewmember, African American For Sale
Over fifty years ago, the Nuclear Submarine Thresher went down about 200 mile from the US East Coast (New England).Since that was at the height of the ''cold war'', very little was known about the mission of the Sub, and very little more has been revealed in the decades since.There are a handful of books attempting to document the issues involved, including potential problems with the construction and maintenance, etc.These uniforms were found hanging in the closet of the widow of one of the crewmen. They cover several years of his service, documenting significant pieces of his military career. While his shore station quarters were usually given as Groton, Connecticut, he also saw duty at Hutchinson Naval Air Station prior to going back to sea aboard Thresher. His surviving family moved back to Kansas, and several still live around the area. While his personal story has not been written (yet) it covers a number of interesting historical issues.For one, he was one of only a small number of minority crewmen. As such some aspects of his life can be gleaned from a couple books:"Black Submariners in the United States Navy, Glenn A.
Knoblock with Foreword by VADM Mel Williams, a submarine fleet commander
and son of one of the men profiled.
An historical overview of black sailors and the evolution of the
Steward’s Branch, to which black sailors were eventually restricted,
precede descriptions of becoming a steward and a submariner, and of life
as a submariner
during World War and brightest lost in submarine disaster'' By D. Allan age 43, Bracey was the oldest uniformed crewman aboard Thresher and one of the few African-Americans.Bracey was serving aboard his 11th ship, and eighth submarine, when he
went down with SSN 593. He enlisted in October 1942 and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 4) before entering the submarine
service. He went on to earn three Submarine Combat Insignias during the
war, among other decorations and commendations.Bracey was an
ordained deacon of the People's Baptist Church of Portsmouth and a 32nd
degree Mason of the D.G. Lett Lodge. He left behind his wife Letha and
seven kids.'' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -There are ten pieces in this sale lot, and shown in the accompanying photos. All are identified with Bracey, one way or another - name, service number, or both.In total, there are: two white blouses, one marked Amberjack, the other
Thresher; two navy blue jackets marked Thresher, one pair blue trousers,
three pair white trousers, one belt, one cap all marked with''Bracey'',
his Service Number, or positively identified to him in some way. Found
along with these were several other uniforms or pieces belonging possibly to
nephews or a son. These 'extra' pieces will be included.Everything shown and listed here is 100%
authentic and genuine. Newspaper articles and other sources I've been able to find are included on CD ROM to assist you to continue in your research.
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Naval Uniforms - Nuclear Sub Uss Thresher Crewmember, African American: $3,500